Roma Cup

The Roma Cup is a Group 3 sprint race held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth during the autumn - winter racing season.

2024 Roma Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Oscar's Fortune
  • 2nd: #6 Amelia's Jewel
  • 3rd: #7 Ripcord

The Roma Cup is a Group 3 race that is held annually at Ascot Racecourse in Perth. Contested under weight for age conditions over 1100m (reduced from 1200m in 2023), the Roma Cup is a key sprint held during the autumn racing season in WA.

It was previously run in May before being moved forward to take place on the first Saturday of April in 2023 on the same day Sydney hosts the $4 million Doncaster Mile.

The headline attraction of Roma Cup Day, the Roma Cup offers an increased $200,000 in total prize money as of 2021 and is open to horses aged two-years-old and over. Runners that contested earlier black-type sprints over the autumn season as well as those that may have performed in the summer’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) the previous November line-up in the Roma Cup field.

In 2021 the Roma Cup runner-up Elite Street went on to finish third in that year’s Winterbottom Stakes trifecta before returning in 2022 to take out the Roma Cup 12 months later.

Most recently, Oscar’s Fortune won the 2024 Roma Cup after a second in the previous year’s Winterbottom results.

Horses out of the Roma Cup often back-up in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) run over 200m further under the same weight-for-age conditions and the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m).

The Roma Cup also now serves as a likely lead-up for horses heading towards the state’s richest race, the buy-in $5 million The Quokka (1200m) held back at the track in mid-April.

In 2023 the Roma Cup was won by returning filly Amelia’s Jewel who was last seen winning the Group 1 Northerly Stakes (1800m) at the track the spring prior.

Amelia’s Jewel went on to frank the 2023 Roma Cup form with a next-up second in The Quokka race. She then travelled to Melbourne for back-to-back Group 2 wins that spring.

Amelia’s Jewel returned as the odds-on favourite for her title defence in the 2024 Roma Cup but finished second to Oscar’s Fortune.

The 2024 Roma Cup ran on Saturday April 6, 2024 at Ascot in WA and was won in a narrow upset by the Dion Luciani-trained Oscar’s Fortune ($3.70). 

Roma Cup 2024
Date: Saturday April 6, 2024
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: 2YO+ WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2024 Roma Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Oscar’s Fortune ($3.70)
  • 2nd: #6 Amelia’s Jewel
  • 3rd: #7 Ripcord

Class three-year-old Oscar’s Fortune ($3.70) ran the ideal The Quokka lead-up making up ground to run down the leader and hold off the late challenge by Amelia’s Jewel to head the 2024 Roma Cup results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 OSCAR’S FORTUNE Dion Luciani William Pike 4 56.5kg $3.70
2 6 AMELIA’S JEWEL Simon A Miller Patrick Carbery 0.55L 5 56.5kg $1.60F
3 7 RIPCORD Luke Fernie Clint Johnston-Porter 3.3L 7 56.5kg $9.50
4 3 GEMMA’S SON Embroja-Lee Altieri Paul Harvey 3.32L 3 58.5kg $41
5 5 TRIPLE MISSILE Grant & Alana Williams Brad Parnham 5.1L 1 58.5kg $16
6 2 HOT ZED Lou Luciani Jason Whiting 5.18L 2 58.5kg $41
7 4 ACROMANTULA Daniel & Ben Pearce Jarrad Noske 5.93L 8 58.5kg $26
8 1 COMFORT ME Rhys Radford Ms Holly Watson 10.54L 6 58.5kg $21
9 SUPER SMINK Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Roma Cup Betting Odds

The season’s latest Roma Cup 2024 betting odds and links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

There was a notable upset in 2021 with Money Matters taking out the Roma Cup at odds of $26.

Elite Street ($2.25 in 2022) and Amelia’s Jewel ($2.15 in 2023) are the last favourites in Roma Cup betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 ROMA CUP ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Roma Cup Form

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2024 Roma Cup Field

The Roma Cup field has a capacity of 16 starters when run at Ascot Racecourse and attracts the season’s in-form local sprinters, with few interstate raiders making the trip west for the event. Horses may have had an earlier run in a race like the Listed Northam Stakes (1100m) or be first-up after a Perth Summer Racing Carnival campaign.

The official Roma Cup 2024 field & barriers are released the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2024 Roma Cup field features a smart line-up of potential The Quokka horses led by Group 1 winning mare Amelia’s Jewel.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5225x3373x COMFORT ME Rhys Radford Ms Holly Watson 7 58.5kg 108
2 6×37160767 HOT ZED Lou Luciani Jason Whiting 2 58.5kg 103
3 x205x62714 GEMMA’S SON Embroja-Lee Altieri Paul Harvey 3 58.5kg 94
4 3x31586x52 ACROMANTULA Daniel & Ben Pearce Jarrad Noske 9 58.5kg 102
5 x42x7x260x TRIPLE MISSILE Grant & Alana Williams Brad Parnham 1 58.5kg 100
6 1x12x1190x AMELIA’S JEWEL Simon A Miller Patrick Carbery 6 56.5kg 114
7 13x228132x RIPCORD Luke Fernie Clint Johnston-Porter 8 56.5kg 104
8 111122×2 OSCAR’S FORTUNE Dion Luciani William Pike 4 56.5kg 101
9 1211x1232x SUPER SMINK Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 5 54.5kg 9

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Roma Cup Nominations

The Roma Cup 2024 nominations are announced the Tuesday leading-up to the race.

Roma Cup History

The Roma Cup was first run in 1966, with Summer Storm claiming the inaugural victory. Initially run as a principal race over 1400m (1600m in 1974), the Roma Cup received Group 3 status in 1980. At this time, the race length was adjusted to 1200m where it remained until 2023 when reduced to 1100m.

Due to its favour with local horses, some names can be found over several years amongst the Roma Cup results. Grand Nirvana won in 2009, placed third in 2010, won in 2011, placed third in 2012, and while he didn’t run in 2013, he will be making a bid for a third victory in 2014. Luckygray, well known WA horse, won in 2012. Power Princess returned from a second place in 2011 and a scratching in 2012 to seize victory in 2013.

For the 2017 edition, the Roma Cup moves from Belmont Racecourse to Ascot Racecourse.

In 2023 the Roma Cup distance was reduced from 1200m to 1100m and was won by star mare Amelia’s Jewel.

Roma Cup results since 2000 are detailed below.

Roma Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Roma Cup
1st Oscar’s Fortune 1 minute 02.80 seconds
2nd Amelia’s Jewel
3rd Ripcord
2023
Roma Cup
1st Amelia’s Jewel 1 minute 03.23 seconds (1100m)
2nd Red Can Man
3rd Acromantula
2022
Roma Cup
1st Elite Street 1 minute 10.77 seconds
2nd Red Can Man
3rd Amasenus
2021
Roma Cup
1st Money Matters 1 minute 10.97 seconds
2nd Elite Street
3rd Dance Music
2020
Roma Cup
1st Vega Magic 1 minute 11.05 seconds
2nd The Velvet King
3rd Durendal
2019
Roma Cup
1st Vital Silver 1 minute 10.64 seconds
2nd Galaxy Star
3rd Great Shot
2018
Roma Cup
1st Rock Magic 1 minute 10.17 seconds
2nd Battle Hero
3rd Durendal
2017
Roma Cup
1st Rock Magic 1 minute 12.5 seconds
2nd Military Reign
3rd Durendal
2016
Roma Cup
1st Battle Hero 1 minute 10.54 seconds
2nd Magnifisio
3rd Lukcygray
2015
Roma Cup
1st Luckygray 1 minute 12.2 seconds
2nd Dawn Approach
3rd Fuchsia Bandana
2014
Roma Cup
1st Magnifisio 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Elite Belle
3rd Checkpoint
2013
Roma Cup
1st Power Princess 1 minutes 10.6 seconds
2nd Ranger
3rd Playing God
2012
Roma Cup
1st Luckygray 1 minutes 11.1 seconds
2nd Our Ol’ Fella
3rd Grand Nirvana
2011
Roma Cup
1st Grand Nirvana 1 minutes 10.3 seconds
2nd Power Princess
3rd King Kool Kat
2010
Roma Cup
1st Vain Raider 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Idyllic Prince
3rd Grand Nirvana
2009
Roma Cup
1st Grand Nirvana 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Kens Double
3rd Sheenasaidgrey
2008
Roma Cup
1st El Presidente 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Arctic Park
3rd Oroya Gold
2007
Roma Cup
1st No Questions 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Star Laser
3rd Scuffs
2006
Roma Cup
1st Is Amazing 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Electic
3rd River Mist
2005
Roma Cup
1st Avenida 1 minute 12.9 seconds
2nd River Mist
3rd Ambers Halo
2004
Roma Cup
1st Modem 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Cento
3rd Golden Delicious
2003
Roma Cup
1st Tribula 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Suspicion
3rd Dark ‘n’ Dangerous
2002
Roma Cup
1st Kaprats 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Corporate Bruce
3rd Cool Business
2001
Roma Cup
1st Secret Remedy 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Prince Of Pop
3rd Country Blazer
2000
Roma Cup
1st Star System 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Double Blue
3rd Corporate James

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